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Week of October 28, 2019

Week of October 28, 2019
Posted: Oct 30, 2019
Categories: Poll Questions
Comments: 12

Topic: Colleges Banning Controversial Speakers

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Should publicly-funded colleges be allowed to ban controversial speakers whose remarks could provoke protests or violence?

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12 comments on article "Week of October 28, 2019"

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Judith Lichliter, 10/30/2019 3:51 PM

Yes our tax dollars are being used to help fund youth in schools across the nation. Schools are not a forum for crazy radical individuals or groups to insight our young people. Educate these young people and let them find their own way after a good basic education. Save the tax dollars from schools that don't want to educate.


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Stewart Moore, 11/2/2019 12:00 AM

The opportunity for articulation and opportunity from separation are interwoven rights. Both have been the subject of a lot of discussion in their application to HEIs, particularly about the harmony between the insurance of free discourse versus the obligation of colleges to anticipate separation and give a sheltered workplace to staff and understudies the same. Frequently these obligations are displayed in some way or another fundamentally unrelated.

ref: https://laustan.com/


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Laura Carlson, 11/3/2019 8:58 AM

Free speech. Unless the speech violates the law such as yelling "fire!" in the crowded theater, I approve of colleges permitting many speakers. #1 Parents dropped the ball and gave educational power to the government to define "good & evil" from preschool through college. Younger generations struggle to understand or are unable to define meaning of words. Consequently, the "snowflake mentality" and "cuddle rooms" on campus blossomed. #2 It is our duty to re educate society as to our Bill of Rights and Constitution. Once one knows and understands our laws, it is easy to either engage with any speech or dismiss it. Currently, the combination of ignorance and lack of discernment has created a culture of fear on campus. Liberals fear losing power, and conservatives fear exposure to peers. Real "hope and change" is only possible with truthful education, which requires that very element, speech, sprinkled liberally with listening skills. Let's not give our right to free speech away in hope that we will prevent violence or riots. The intent of activists that cross the "sticks and stones may bruise me, but words will never hurt me" rhetoric using violence clearly display their true goal: power and control over society. Just my opinion - thankful we have free speech!


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Erin Metters, 11/5/2019 12:28 AM

Right now the only speakers banned are Conservatives and the only violence is from 'students' who can't stand to hear an opposing viewpoint. Back when I was in college, speakers like the radical, hateful Angela Davis were allowed to speak without anyone threatening the schools. Publicly funded schools should allow multiple views and should reprimand students (and sometimes professors) who threaten violence because they don't have enough courage to listen to other ideas.


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K.L. Shillock , 11/5/2019 12:58 AM

Your question can't be answered with an easy yes or no. Problem is......who decides who is controversial? Who decides whether protests and violence will be provoked? Who will be making the decisions as to whether to allow or not?

Censorship can be just as dangerous.

I certainly hope NFRW sees the fallacy in this question. Stop banning things and start promoting critical thinking with a dash of skepticism thrown in for good measure .


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Leslie Key, 11/5/2019 1:17 AM

I agree completely with Laura and Erin. Most colleges are run by liberals who are only too happy to indoctrinate students with liberal ideology. Now, unfortunately, many students think socialism is a good idea. This is very dangerous, because these are all future voters. Colleges should invite conservative speakers on campus and give students the opportunity to hear a different point of view. School administrators should not be intimidated by the possibility of protests and riots against conservatives speakers. Conservative students do not try to shut down free speech, but liberals students DO try to shut down free conservative speech on campus. This intolerance by liberals of the peaceful expression of other ideas is FASCIST and also extremely dangerous. School administrators should have police on hand in the event that protests and riots against a conservative speaker take place. The protests or riots must be swiftly stopped, and rioters arrested. The fascists will quickly learn that such behavior will not be tolerated by the school administration. Unfortunately, many liberal college administrators today hide under their desks and are frightened of the possibility of campus protests or riots. They will not stand up for free speech and the expression of different points of view on campus. Nothing could be more important, and this is also very dangerous for our country.


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Leslie Key, 11/5/2019 1:33 AM

Look for the new documentary by Dennis Prager and Adam Corolla, called NO SAFE SPACES, which exposes the loss of intellectual freedom and open dialogue that is taking place at college campuses all across America. This new documentary is set to be released in theaters around November 8, 2019.


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beverly jean smith, 11/5/2019 8:31 AM

They should also withdraw funding.


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Jan, 11/5/2019 9:49 AM

Since the only speakers deemed to be "controversial" or "likely to spark violence," seem to be conservatives, it's really a matter of whether those of us on the right should be allowed to express our views, even in the face of opposition from the left. So naturally, the answer has to be "yes.". If we allow our voices to be silenced because of bullies, students will hear nothing but the left wing version of how the world should be. It's imperative that those on the right be given equal opportunities to speak on campuses.


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Jan, 11/5/2019 9:53 AM

Correction: So naturally, the answer has to be "no".

I haven't had my coffee yet 😳


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Shelly Smith, 11/5/2019 11:08 AM

Freedom of speech and thought and inquiry is the very core of a free society. College students are adults. They must be afforded all of the rights and responsibilities that go with this. Students and faculty, should be free to invite relevant speakers for events on campus. They also have a responsibility to act like adults; to listen, consider, question and debate respectfully. College administrators shouldn't be allowed to shut down speech beforehand nor should students& faculty be allowed to shut down ongoing events through rudeness and lawlessness.


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uno cards, 11/22/2019 9:55 PM

Free speech is vital to the free flow of thoughts and ideas so publicly funded schools should allow multiple views.

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